You may think that bagging yourself an expensive, off-the-runway or custom designer piece is the only way to get exclusive items for your wardrobe. And whilst this is certainly a fun option, most of us can't afford to fill our closets in this way.
Thankfully, with vintage clothing and second-hand treasure troves being in rich abundance in the UK, you've got other options.
In fact, if you're looking for a new piece for your wardrobe that's truly special, then vintage is the way to go.
Searching for that perfect vintage piece can be hard work - a lot of the time it can feel like finding a needle in a stained 80s t-shirt haystack. However, this sometimes arduous process can be made a whole lot easier if you know where to go.
Conquer half the battle and shop at the places where all the British fashion editors and influencers buy their vintage clothing, these wonderfully curated spots means finding that one-off piece has never been so easy.
House of Vintage
Hidden off just off Brick Lane in London lies one of the capital's best vintage clothing shop. With both men's and womenswear available there is always a perfect white t-shirt, glamorous beaded bag and delicate silk shawl to hand in this treasure trove.
4 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
The Market Cartel
Sitting off a roundabout in an unassuming corner of East London, this American female-run shop is a true bazaar of the previously loved.
The Market Cartel sells everything from camouflage outerwear to kooky homeware, and we've heard they give a good discount if you tell your friends.
12a Downs Court Parade, Amherst Road, E8 2AQ
One for the Clueless fans out there, Serotonin Vintage should be your next stop post House of Vintage (they are just around the corner from each other in East London).
D&G two-piece suits sit next to logo-covered bum-bags in this millennial haven. They also put a lot of their stock up on their Instagram page and are open to talk via DMs.
194 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
Pret A Vintage
Pret A Vintage is the ideal stop-off for the dress of your dreams. Spanning from 20s to the 80s, the shop holds designer items that have true wardrobe staying power.
If you're really trying to build a stellar, quality vintage collection, this is a great place to start.
63 Hanbury St, E1 5JP
Modes & More
Tucked away on a quaint street in Pimlico, Modes & More has one of the best selections of designer vintage in London. From 50s Dior to 80s Celine, there's three floors of carefully curated clothes to browse through – so you're guaranteed to come away with something amazing.
44 Moreton Street, SW1V 2PB
W. Armstrong & Sons
Armstrongs vintage in Edinburgh old town is a hidden gem for vintage dating back as far as the Victorian times. With friendly, knowledgable staff this is one of the best places in Scotland to shop vintage.
83 The Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ
Blue Rinse is a vintage store that also specialises in the up-cycling of old clothing. Get your hands on old band t-shirts and 60s shift dresses or re-worked mens shirts for a bargain.
9-11 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7DH | 21-23 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG
A favourite of the ELLE fashion director's when in need of a dress for an event – William Vintage is the by-appointment destination for designer gowns. Stockist of vintage Valentino, Givenchy and Balenciaga.
2 Marylebone Street, London, W1G 8JQ
Found and Vision
With a pack of celebrity fans including FKA Twigs, Goldbourne Road is a great destination for vintage shopping and we particularly love Found and Vision. A wide selection of iconic vintage Gaultier and Westwood pieces, this is your place to find the coolest pieces.
104 Golborne Road, W10 5PS
However, if traipsing down streets and raiding racks isn't your thing, then try these online alternatives:
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